Christmas in July
At the Sandy Mountain Festival this past weekend there were many a corn on the cob and a Bermuda-shorts-clad Santa Claus. For the 45th year of the summertime celebration, the festival committee chose a Christmas in July theme for the Thursday-night parade.
Many Sandy-area organizations turned out to kick off the festivities with their own rendition of a vacationing Father Christmas. The Local Buzz' float showcased a laid-back Santa getting a haircut, Councilor Carl Exner sported a Hawaiian shirt and some khaki shorts with a beard and was accompanied by city staff dressed as elves. And another casually dressed Claus drove one of Wayne Stone Logging's trucks down Pioneer Boulevard.
The rest of the week was jam-packed with family friendly events, such as the kids' pet show on Wednesday, followed by the city Parks and Recreation department's bike derby on Thursday and kids' parade on Friday.
In Meinig Park, more than 150 artists set up shop to sell their wares to festival goers, several bands provided toe-tapping tunes from the Dale Nichols Main Stage and nonprofit groups sold food and drinks to keep the energy high in the summer heat.
Members of the Sandy Kiwanis sold their famous Kiwanian bars — large ice cream bars covered in chocolate and chopped nuts, and Cub Scouts served a $5 meal deal and also frozen, chocolate-covered bananas, which one very enthusiastic scout advertised by yelling "Frozen bananas! Get them while they're not hot!"
Now the carnival rides and artists' tents have been packed away for another year, but only to be looked forward to until next year.